Record-breaking January target has no interest in Arsenal or Liverpool moves

Ruben Neves has played down speculation that he could leave Porto next year amid links with Liverpool and Arsenal.

The 18-year-old midfielder is seen as one of the best young players in his position in European football and is already a key player at the Estadio do Dragao.

His status in the Porto squad was cemented earlier this season when he was named captain of the Portuguese side for their Champions League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv, making him the youngest player to lead a team out in the competition’s history.

Liverpool are thought to have made an ‘informal approach’ for the teenager, while Arsenal have also been aligned with a move for his signature following Francis Coquelin’s injury.

However, Neves himself has declared that he’s fully committed to Porto after being lauded by the club’s president:

“To hear the president say that he wants to make me a symbol of the club? It’s fantastic. This made me feel very proud.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“I am under contract until June 2019 and, at the moment, I am only thinking about the club achieving its goals.”

Neves is already a full Portugal international and has been praised for his range of passing from a deep midfield position.